There were many Bison current athletes and alumni that achieved winning and strong performances in different events despite the sweltering heat at the 2009 Manitoba Marathon on Sunday, June 21.
During the male half marathon, second year Bison runner Desire Budigoma successful defended his Manitoba Marathon crown as he won back-to-back 13.1 mile races with a winning time of 1:14:19 and beat his nearest competitor by almost a full minute. In the female half marathon, fourth year Bison Gina Tessman blazed the 13.1 mile course in a time of 1:26:27 for her first win at the Manitoba Marathon.
Bison runners placed first and second in the female relay race. The team called Herd of Us? won in a fast time of 3:00:45. On the relay team were current Bisons Gina Tessmann, second year Katrina Bruckschwaiger plus Bison alumnus Vanessa Mulhern, Melissa Armstrong and Tyra Dickson. The second place team was Stride Ahead Sports, which finished in a time of 3:01:58 and consisted of current Bison athletes completed their second season with Manitoba Ė Alex Bell, Melanie Gregoire, Justine Stromberg, Lacey Ginter and Alyssa Altomare.
In the female half marathon, along with Tessmanís victory, Bison alumni Cosette Taylor finished second in a time of 1:26:55. There were several Bisons among the male half marathon Top 10. Along with Budigoma win, Bison alumni finished third (Darren Klassen; 1:15:51) and sixth (Bradley Keefe; 1:18:25) plus current Bisons were third year Adam Penner (1:18:33) in seventh spot.
In the womenís full marathon event, Bison alumni Cathy Cullen completed the 26.2 mile course in third place with a time of 3:27:39. In the menís full marathon, Bison alumni Mike Booth ran to a third place finish (2:35:26), Bison alumni Brian Walker finished sixth (2:47:18), alumni Jean-Paul Degagne was ninth (2:58:32) and alumni Bill Rettie finished tenth (3:01:08).
"It is always a pleasure to see so many current and alumnus from the Manitoba Bisons track and field program compete and succeed at the Manitoba Marathon", said Bison track and field head coach Claude Berube."This is a great indicator of the value of our program and that athletes continue to perform throughout their different stages of their career."